Very punctual, the Interpols went on stage at eight o’clock at night as the program indicated. The first thing that catches our attention is to see the vocalist Paul Banks – who in our imagination was always dressed in black, very ‘à la post-punk’ – wearing a red shirt and white pants. No reference to Peruvian, it is worth clarifying, but a gesture that, although it seems superficial, reflects a new phase of the band: something brighter, optimistic, hopeful, as they themselves have admitted in the interview they offered to El Comercio a few days ago.
Musically, yes. Interpol’s aura is loyal to its principles: the start with “Untitled”, the magnificent opening track from their best album to date, “Turn of the Bright Lights”, set the tone for the evening at Arena 1 on the Costa Verde. The response from the public was exciting. “Interpol! Interpol! Interpol!” It was the email that Banks responded with a few phrases in a Spanish that he dominates quite well. After that, “Toni”, the first song from his most recent album, “The Other Side of Make-Believing”, came out of the oven just a few months ago.
And then came an impeccable selection of the songs that have made it such a beloved and respected band in these parts. “Evil”, the one with the puppet video; “C’mere”, which she sings to heartbreak; “Narc”, “Obstacle 1”, “The New”, “PDA”. There were also other tracks on the new album, where there was less response from the public, but it’s understandable.
What is not so understandable is why the giant screens were not turned on during his presentation, in the case of such a large venue and with many people at a considerable distance. Perhaps that was the only point where the show faltered; otherwise the band’s delivery remained impeccable. Closing with the intense “Slow Hands” he crowned a presentation that is hard to describe as that of a simple opening act.
Together with Molotov opening for Guns N’ Roses or Camila Cabello doing the same with Coldplay, Interpol can be considered as those entrances that are at the height of the main course. It is not for nothing that the New York group has already performed on Peruvian soil three times and is leaving for the fourth, with the more than deserved ‘solo show’ that they will offer today, Wednesday, at the Parque de la Exposición Amphitheater. Darkness can also be endearing.
Not so punctual, but not too late either, the Arctic Monkeys showed up at around 9:45 pm causing their fans to roar. Those from Sheffield started well with “Brianstorm”, continuing in the energetic wake of Interpol. “Snap Out of It”, “Crying Lightning”, and other songs of similar intensity followed. After two days of reggaeton in the city, the guitar onslaught was welcome.
Until the remarkable “Four Out of Five” arrived, an introspective song that reflects on the price of fame within an often tyrannical industry. It may not be the song that people jump or sing to the most, but yes the one that best reflects the evolution in style that the band has experienced in recent years.
Because although the track belongs to his elegant (and for many disconcerting) sixth album “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” (2018), live it tends to be more rock and less ‘lounge’; heavier to please an audience wanting to poke, and less thrown into the glam or jazz that the band pursues in their recent releases. As if Alex Turner, their charismatic singer, He still hasn’t finished deciding between the jeans and the sneakers, or the jacket and the white shirt.
Even so, his mix of ‘crooner’ and ‘rockstar’ stance seems to work well for him. Tracks like “Cornerstone”, “Do I Wanna Know?”, “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” itself, the irresistibly danceable “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and “505″ showcased him as a seasoned ‘frontman’, not too communicative, but seductive. Leaning on the side screens of the stage (now turned on), at times he looked directly at the camera as if wanting to reach the most cornered spectator in Arena 1.
The songs from the last album, “The Car”, also sounded very good. It’s not the most successful of his albums, but listening to it just a few weeks out of the oven has been a privilege. And has high points like the fantastic “There’d Better Be a Mirrorball”, which was announced yesterday as a Grammy nominee, neither more nor less. That song kicked off the final ‘encore’ of the concert, which was rounded off with the rousing “RU Mine?” and finished off with the ballad “Body Paint”. A calm, sophisticated, serene closure. As if to make its course and horizon clear.
Interpol setlist in Lima
- obstacle 1
- All the Rage Back Home
- Rest My Chemistry
- The New
- Slow Hands
Arctic Monkeys setlist in Lima
- snap out of it
- Crying Lightning
- Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
- Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
- Four Out of Five
- Potion Approaching
- The Car
- Do I Wanna Know?
- Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
- teddy picker
- I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
- pretty visitors
- Do Me a Favor
- There’d Better Be a Mirrorball
- UK Mine?
- body paint
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